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Porch Swings, Tree Swings, and Hammocks: Should You Allow Them on Your Rental Property?

Bannock County Children in a Backyard HammockIt’s impossible to deny the appeal of a swing or a hammock. Whether it’s spending a lazy afternoon on a porch swing or in a hammock or swinging through the air on a tree swing, various sorts of swings hold an unmistakable charm. However, as a Bannock County rental property owner, it is a good idea to allow porch swings, tree swings, and hammocks on your property? Although swings and hammocks can be a big magnet for tenants, they also come with risks. Before establishing or consenting to a swing or hammock, it’s recommended to consider all possible outcomes.

Porch Swings

Porch swings are one item in a house that many individuals enjoy – at least in theory. While it’s clear that a porch swing can be a lovely area to stay, greet neighbors, and relax, it can also quickly become a safety hazard. It is pretty safe when a porch swing is correctly installed and utilized attentively. But over time, the structural support a swing needs may weaken, causing the swing to break.

It can also be easy for young children to hurt themselves on the swing, whether by falling off or being hit with it when they are playing. Lastly, because they are exposed to the elements, porch swings may tend to splinter or crack – specifically if they are not properly maintained.

Tree Swings

Tree swings are different from swing sets in numerous ways, but the most important is the height of the rope. Unlike swing sets, which are quite close to the ground, a tree swing is often longer and can propel a person higher into the air. While this is part of the excitement, it is also incredibly dangerous should anyone fall off.

The injuries caused by tree swings are often far more dangerous compared to those different kinds of falls. Tree swings also damage trees, sometimes leaving the tree exposed to pests and the elements that will, over time, kill the entire tree.


Similar to tree swings, hammocks also carry the potential of harming trees. But hammocks are also commonly considered safer than a tree swing since they are closer to the ground. Hammocks are widely known among renters, homeowners, campers, and hikers as they are lightweight and effortless to store. They can be set up and taken down quite easily and deliver a pleasant spot to sleep or nap any time of the day or night.

There are numerous kinds of hammocks, including some with a freestanding frame. For sure, hammocks also come with a danger of accident and injury, and similar to any swing, they can be a serious hazard if not used in a responsible way.

Swing Sets

The concept of swings and the risks involved naturally lead to children’s swing sets. While all swings do carry the risk of injury, a well-built swing set is probably the safest of all types of swings. Not only are sturdy swing sets designed to hold up under some rough treatment, but they are also firmly anchored and close to the ground.

Whether you or your tenant is thinking about adding a swing or hammock to your rental property, the final decision is completely dependent on you. But by understanding the risks and rewards of each type, you can more confidently make that decision when the time comes.


Surely, not all decisions are easy to make, even after having solid information to go on. Contact the experts at Real Property Management Pocatello if you find yourself stuck or not knowing the right thing to do. Our Bannock County property managers can help you discover what is best for your property and lifestyle and give you the advice and guidance you need to make owning rental properties a delight. Call us at 208-234-1000.

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